Sunday, July 20, 2014

7-21-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, July 21st. This is the Jive at Five – our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM, WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day, and the best in free-form community programming weeknights and weekends.

I’m Maria Johnson, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs every first, third and fifth Tuesday from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. The next episode will be on July 29. In the meantime, check out previous episodes at

Now here’s a look at some of what’s going on in our area this week.

Tonight at 7:45 at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it’s the regular sharing of Moments of Gratitude, followed at 8 by the Anything Goes Open Mic. Friday at 8, the Buttonwood presents a concert called Music is the Healing Force of the Universe, featuring improvisational sax, flutes and vocals. The goal is to create healing and balance and elevate consciousness.  Saturday morning at 10:30, a holistic healing workshop is offered. At 8 pm Saturday, La Hot Jazz performs music from the Great American Songbook. Then Sunday, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree. All are welcome, and you’re also invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 a.m.

Down in New Haven at 7:30 tonight, at Café Nine, it’s the Fistful of Jokes Comedy Series. Tomorrow brings an Obscure Me Records showcase, featuring Loom, with Fugitive, J.Chance and the Zoom. Wednesday, it’s La Cantina Flamenco at 5, followed at 8 by Monolithic Music’s presentation of Saving Skyler, The 30th of February, and Friends of Enemies.  Thursday, Tom Goss takes the Café Nine stage, along with Daniel Eugene. Friday brings Useless Degree during happy hour, followed at 9 by Elison Jackson, Pat Dalton, Clenn Thousand Blades and J. Screamin. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with the George Baker Band, followed at 9 by the Sarah Borges Band, with Jay Russel and Jim Aveni of TheWagon Riders. Sunday’s Bluegrass Jam is with Stacy Phillips, followed at 8 by The Morris Trent Band.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight brings A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Thursday, Juicy J takes the stage, with MarBar and Benny Z. Friday brings Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond, with String Band and Deep. Saturday at Toad’s, Afton Shows presents 2Face Entertainment, pi, E.T.A., and Tall, White with Ransom and Guests. That’s followed by Wake Up Productions’ presentation of a Summertime Party with Love Dollhouse and Jacob Latimore. On Sunday, The Winery Dogs take the Toad’s stage, with Charm City Devils.

Tonight’s Monday Night Jazz series at Bushnell Park features legendary drummer Ralph Peterson’s Fo’tet – Fo’ n Mo,’ with openers starting at 6 p.m.

Middletown’s Summer Sounds Tuesday Evening Concert Series at Harbor Park gives you The Afro-Semetic Experience, with a mixture of jazz/klezmer/swing music at 7 p.m.tomorrow (Tuesday).

Artfarm’s Shakespeare in the Grove series offers a talk on King Lear tomorrow (Tuesday) by Hofstra University Professor Emeritus John Klaus, at 7 p.m. in Founder’s Hall, Middlesex Community College.  The King Lear performances continue Thursday through Sunday, starring John Basinger.  They begin with live music at 7 p.m. in the Grove at Middlesex Community College, Middletown.  On Friday, there’s also a post-production “Talk Back” with the director and actors.  More at

The Middletown Symphonic Band performs this Wednesday at 6:30 at the Town Green, 22 Main Street, Essex.  They’re back at Riverfront Recapture, Great River Park, in E Hartford, this Saturday at 7 p.m.  More at

Also on Wednesday, this week’s Music at the Mansion Summer Series at Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown features Brass, – again, that’s on Wednesday, at 6:30.  Tours of the Mansion happen every Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Also on Wednesday, at 7 p.m., First Church on Court St. in Middletown hosts the Middletown Scottish Dancers.  Partners not necessary; 860-347-0278 for information.

Manic Productions brings a number of acts to our area this week. Wednesday, it’s Cheers Elephant , Junior Prom, and Dance, Charlatan! at Bar in New Haven. Friday brings Midlake and Snake Oil to The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

In Hartford, the Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series starts this Wednesday at the park, at 6:30, and features Eight to the Bar.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, on Thursday at 7, Elizabeth Petry leads the Veteran’s Writing Group.  For kids, they’ve got the third annual Gnome and Fairy House Program on Wednesday at 2 p.m., and their Teen Movie Series – Robots In Our World – features “The Iron Giant,” also on Wednesday at 2.  The website,, has information on other summer children’s programs that include stories, rhymes, music, and building with blocks and Legos. 

There’s a Democratic Primary Candidate Forum this Thursday at 6 at the Hartford Public Library’s Center for Contemporary Culture. Their “Lunch at the Library – Folk Fridays” series begins this Friday at noon and features music by Donna Martin. for information on the continuation of their “World of Sounds Summer Concert Series,” with performances on Wednesday and Thursday.  

Also, every Friday, at 9 p.m., Dave Downs hosts a new weekly open mic and invites songwriters to perform at The Nest, located at 129 Church Street, Middletown. Info at 860.788.2736.

Connecticut’s summer farmer’s markets are in full gear, and are located: in Middletown on Tuesdays; in East Haddam and Old Saybrook on Wednesdays; in Clinton, Durham, and Middletown on Thursdays; in Higganum and Middletown on Fridays; in Ivoryton on Saturdays, and in Chester on Sundays.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Life Itself,” the Steven James documentary about  film critic Roger Ebert’s life, continues tonight through Thursday.  Tuesday through Thursday they’re showing “Venus in Fur.” This French film about a director auditioning women for a lead in his play is based on the Award-wining Broadway play by David Ives. Friday opens the run of “Snowpiercer,” a futuristic action thriller about a perpetual motion train that travels the world in a post-apocalyptic setting.  It continues through Sunday.

The Wayback Wednesday Summer Movie Series at the Hartford Public Library presents the 1942 classic “Casablanca,” this Wednesday at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Hartford Parks’ free Movies After Dark series will present “Jaws” on Sunday at 6:30 p.m., in Riverside Park.

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, continues its run of “Belle,” the lavishly-costumed drama about a biracial woman raised as an aristocrat on the estate of Lord Mansfield in 18th century England. Friday begins a run of “Ida,” a Polish film about an orphaned woman, ready to take final vows as a nun, who embarks on a trip to find out the truth about her dead parents.   More at

Now, here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU Middletown.

Right after the jive until 6pm stick around for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry

 68pm 75% Folk with Michael Benson

 89:30pm The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis

9:3011:30pm   Aargh with Tom Gatzen

 11:30pm2am Space Music for Summer with Cadet Q

 22:30 Bassment Beats with DJ LOKASH

 2:303am New World Show with DJ LOKASH

 34am  The Graveyard Shift w DJ Otto Nation

45am BBC World News

510am Morning Edition from NPR

And that’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at

Thanks! Now stay tuned for Charles Henry.

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